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Star Wars gets best picture nomination from BFCA, awakens outcry

Star Wars: The Force Awakens became the eleventh best picture nominee at the Critic’s Choice Awards a week after the nominations were announced, sparking outcry and resignations.

hollywood Updated: Dec 24, 2015 16:28 IST
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Adam Driver plays Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been added to the best picture nominees at the Critic’s Choice Awards after final nominees were decided causing somewhat of an outcry.

The Broadcast Film Critics Association confirmed that JJ Abrams’s blockbuster sequel will join ten other films competing for the prize, reported Digital Spy.

Read: Mad Max: Fury Road leads Critic’s Choice Awards nominations

“It is the purpose of the Critics’ Choice Awards to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement,” reads the BFCA’s press release. “Making this exception to our rules serves this purpose. Historically, the ‘Critics’ Choice Awards’ are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.”

Last week, award show organisers first hinted that a late addition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the nominations was technically possible.

Read the Star Wars: The Force Awakens review here

Two members of the BFCA have handed in their resignations because of this bending of the rules.

Also up for Best Picture are The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Carol, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Sicario and Spotlight.

TJ Miller will host the 21st Critics’ Choice Awards, airing on January 17, 2016.

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First Published: Dec 24, 2015 16:27 IST